BXTRA Eco Friendly

–Tatyana Turner

A seemingly unkempt section of Franz Sigel Park is now a much neater area to walk through thanks to the Bronx Rox, an extraordinary community based organization that works to promote our borough.

Today, over 40 volunteers including Youth Explorers, members of the NYPD 44th Precinct, and Bronx families came together to paint over the wall on the Walton Avenue side of the park.

Growing up on the Grand Concourse, I knew that 153rd & Walton Avenue was not the cleanest street to walk on. There was rusty paint peeling off the walls, litter on the ground, and it seemed to be a common place to walk dogs, resulting in foul smells. And although there were benches, not many people sat on them.

That all changed today. Volunteers cleaned and painted the walkway, making it a cleaner and more presentable walkway to pass through and enjoy. Not only did they put in a lot of effort, but the volunteers taught us that we should have pride in where we live by taking care of it,Β especially our greenspaces.

Thank you to the Bronx Rox and all of the volunteers who came out today! Great work!


Do Good. Stay Well. BXTRA.



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Tatyana Turner is a Bronx native who grew up in the Mott Haven and Grand Concourse sections of the borough. She has experience in print journalism and photography. In December 2016, Tatyana graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communication Studies and returned to her home in the Bronx where she is applying her skills to further discover the extraordinary people and places in the place she calls home.

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